A Google Express shopping courier with a record of theft convictions stole items from a Daly City Target store while picking up items purchased through the new delivery system, according to prosecutors who charged the woman with four felonies.
Elisa Marie Lassos, 31, of Hayward, worked for Google Express through subcontractor Adecco. Between March 16 and May 10, prosecutors say she used her access as a delivery person to pilfer an iPad, Beats by Dre headphones and other goods from the special area Target has for Google Express orders. The loss totaled approximately $1,291.
Lassos, charged with four counts of felony theft, pleaded not guilty Friday in Superior Court and received a Sept. 8 jury trial date. Each count is in reference to a trip she allegedly made to commit the theft.
At the time of her most recent arrest, Lassos had three prior felony convictions, five misdemeanor convictions and had spent 16 months in prison for violating her probation on drug and theft charges. She was previously convicted of commercial burglary, possessing methamphetamine and having it for sale along with child endangerment.
According to prosecutors, Lassos had unsupervised access to items because the store has a special area for Google Express orders with self-check out and no video surveillance. Delivery people use a Google Express card to purchase the items for customers of the service but District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Lassos helped herself to more property that she did not pay for.
A Target security guard noticed missing property and connected it to Lassos because the thefts coincided with her trips to the store, Wagstaffe said.
Google declined to discuss the details of Lassos’ employment but said an investigation is underway.
“We work very hard to ensure that every Google Shopping Express staff member is delivering the exceptional service that shoppers expect, and we’re looking into this incident with our staffing agency,” Google said in a prepared statement.
Lassos remains in custody on $50,000 bail. If convicted of the new charges, she faces up to seven years in prison, Wagstaffe said.
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